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High school football: Pine View Panthers 2017 preview

Note: Pine View finished with a 10-3 overall record in 2016 and third in 3AA South with a 3-2 record. It lost to Desert Hills 28-27 in 3AA championship.

Pine View 2016 Offensive and Defensive Stats

ST. GEORGE — The heartache associated with losing last year’s 3AA championship on the last play of the game will never truly go away for Pine View’s players — even though the pain does fade a little bit more each day.

For the numerous underclassman returning, the frustration of that loss is now overshadowed by the anticipation of the 2017 season as they get a shot at redemption.

When discussing the loss with his players, and when they’ve reviewed the film to look for ways to improve, coach Ray Hosner tries to approach it from a teaching standpoint of improving.

“We looked at it and watched the entire game and saw plays that we didn’t execute well and things we didn’t do well earlier and said here’s the difference if you want to be a champion you need to do a lot of things perfect,” said Hosner. “You’ve got to be able to make plays, not at the end of the game, but throughout the entire game so it doesn’t come down to a last-second opportunity.”

For Pine View, eight defensive starters are back from last year’s team along with six offensive starters. It’s returning experience that’s unmatched by almost any team in the revamped Class 4A.

A year ago Pine View lost to Dixie 38-7 and Desert Hills 36-19 in region play and ended up claiming the No. 3 seed for the playoffs. It avenged the blowout loss to Dixie in the semifinals and was one fourth and goal defensive stop away from doing the same to Desert Hills in the championship.

It proved in those rematches it could be the best team in 3AA, and it’s a mentality it will carry over into 4A.

On offense is where Pine View made some of those biggest strides. Jacob Mpungi rushed for 1,640 yards last season and in the rematches against Dixie and Desert Hills his carries and yards doubled.

Three offensive linemen are back from that unit as well, as Mpungi could be poised for a great senior season.

Pine View Panthers at a glance

Coach: Ray Hosner is entering his 17th season as Pine View’s head coach with a career record of 134-51. He’s a graduate of Jamison Madison High School in New York.

Pine View Offensive Snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Todd Shaw

2016 offensive production: 32.2 ppg (5th in 3AA)

-- 6 returning starters

-- Spread offense

Key offensive returning starters

-- Ryan Javines (QB)

Pine View’s quarterback had a strong junior campaign completing 184 of 316 passes for 2,503 yards and 25 TDs a year ago. He threw 11 interceptions, a number he’ll look to cut down this season.

-- Jacob Mpungi (RB)

Had a monster junior season as he carried the ball 238 times for 1,640 yards and 17 TDs, and he’ll be expected to have another workhorse season again this year.

Returning offensive starters

Ryan Javines (QB)

Jacob Mpungi (RB)

Mike Moten (WR)

Riley Duckworth (C)

Noah Codiga (T)

Tomasi Tonga (G)

Connor Brooksby (K)

Offensive newcomers to watch

Hunter Moore (WR)

Dallin Brown (WR)

Brooks Maile (TE)

Sola Katoa (G)

Raymond Tauoa (T)

Hosner comments on the leadership on his team:

“I always think a coach-led team isn’t as successful as a team-led team. And last year our team led and I didn’t have to do much, those kids held each other accountable. They led by example and holding kids accountable. If our kids can get to that same type of leadership again this year we should be fine.”

Hosner comments on QB Ryan Javines:

“Last year, as his first year starting, obviously you just want him to manage and put him in good situations. Now this year I feel he has a ton of tools that he feels a lot more comfortable using. He’s got a great arm, and I think he held back a little bit last year because he was a little nervous about reads and certain things, as far as where he’s come to this year, he’s a lot more comfortable doing everything. I think last year if something wasn’t wide open he’d tend to take off and wrong.”

Hosner comments on RB Jacob Mpungi:

“He was our receiver at the beginning of the year, but when (Kawika) Santiago got hurt we moved him to full-time running back. Once he started to get a good feel and we fixed a few issues with our offensive line you saw him get better and better as the year went on. The thing I love about him is he’ll do whatever we ask him to do. This year he’s like ‘coach, I need to play corner. The team needs me, I need to be on the field on both sides of the ball.”

Keys for Offensive Success in 2017:

As a junior last season, quarterback Ryan Javines played a little bit tentative at times. In Pine View’s three losses he threw seven combined interceptions, but in the 10 victories he threw just four combined interceptions. An extra year of understanding the playbook and reading defenses should help Javines be more poised in the pocket in the big games this season.

Pine View Defensive Snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Ray Hosner

2016 defensive production: 18.5 ppg (5th in 3AA)

-- 8 returning starters

-- 3-4 defense

Key defensive returning starters

-- Christian Reis (MLB)

Led Pine View in tackles last season from his middle linebacker position with 106 total tackles.

-- Brooks Maile (DE)

Ranked among Pine View’s top tacklers a year ago from his defensive end position, finishing with 60 tackles. The junior has already verbally committed to BYU.

Returning defensive starters

Brooks Maile (DE)

Solo Katoa (DE)

Christian Reis (MLB)

Austin Peterson (OLB)

Brennan Bithell (OLB)

Jakobe Clausen (S)

Paul Vondicklage (S)

Dallin Brown (DB)

Hosner comments on BYU D-lineman commit, junior Brooks Maile:

“He’s the most polite kindest giant until you get him on the field. He’s grown a ton. Last year he was 5-foot-11 and this year he’s 6-foot-3. Last year he came to us and said ‘I need to play offensive guard in the playoffs.’ So he played offensive guard in the playoffs against Tooele, Dixie and Desert Hills which was probably the biggest difference for us as a team.”

Hosner comments on linebacker Christian Reis:

“I know he’d have a Division I scholarship if he was 6-foot-1 cause the kid is phenomenal. He’s one of the best open-field tacklers I’ve ever coached. He’s super smart, knows the position, and he’s going to be fun to watch.”

Keys for Defensive Success in 2017:

Tyler Heaton was the unquestioned leader and heart of Pine View’s defense last season at defensive tackle. His departure leaves a void that needs to be filled in 2017. Returning defensive line starters Brooks Maile and Solo Katoa will be counted on to take on even larger roles to fill that void.

Coaches preseason Region 9 straw poll: Third

Deseret News Region 9 prediction: First

Key Region Game: vs. Desert Hills, Oct. 5 (Week 8)

Bottom line: The taste of last year’s loss still stings, and it’s pushed the players to work even harder in offense workouts and in summer practices. There’s plenty of returning experience for Pine View to make another run at a region and state championship, and the difference between getting over the hump might be simply making those one or two extra plays that eluded in last year’s championship.

2017 Schedule

Aug. 18 — at Green Canyon, 7 p.m.

Aug. 25 — at Lehi, 7 p.m.

Sept. 1 — MANTI, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 — CYPRUS, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 — at Snow Canyon, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 — DIXIE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 — at Hurricane, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 — DESERT HILLS, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 — at Cedar, 7 p.m.

Oct. 20 — CANYON VIEW, 7 p.m.

Felt’s Facts for Pine View High School

All-time record: 213-137 (34 years)

Region championships: 10 (1985-co, 1986, 1993, 1994 co, 2001, 2003 co, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2014 co)

Playoff appearances: 25

Current playoff appearance streak: 5 (2012-2016)

All-time playoff record: 24-25

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-6

Most played rivalry: 42 meetings with Dixie dating back to 1983. Pine View leads 24-18.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Panther Riley Stephenson kicked a state-record 194 extra points during his career from 2002-05.… Ethan Baer tied a state record by connecting on five field goals on Oct. 9, 2014.


Last 5

2016 — 10-3 (3-2 in 3AA South – 3AA Runner-up)

2015 — 6-5 (1-4 in 3AA South – 3AA Quarterfinals)

2014 — 8-3 (5-1 in 3AA South – 3AA Semifinals)

2013 — 9-3 (5-1 in 3AA South – 3AA Runner-up)

2012 — 7-4 (3-3 in Region 9 – 3A First round)


Pine View coaching history

2001-current — Ray Hosner (134-51)

1998-2000 — Sark Arslanian (16-12)

1994-1997 — Wade Turley (14-22)

1992-1993 — Bill Jacobsen (7-10)

1989-1991 — Chris Brockman (11-16)

1985-1988 — Jim Johnson (26-13)

1983-1984 — Wes Christiansen (5-13)


Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years

2013 — Kody Wilstead, QB

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2016 — Jacob Mpungi, RB

2016 — Tyler Heaton, DT

2016 — D’Angelo Mpungi, CB

2016 — Connor Brooksby, K

2014 — Kody Wilstead, QB

2014 — Pano TiaTia, RB

2014 — Blake Ence, WR

2014 — Bladen Hosner, WR

2014 — Harrison Goebel, OL

2013 — Jack Bangerter, WR

2013 — Guillermo Fierro, OL

2013 — Liahona Tia Tia, DL

2013 — Thor Katoa, LB

2013 — Jaden Ahquin, DB

2012 — Prentiss Miller, RB

2012 — Logan Stott, OL

2012 — Wesley Moeai, DL

2011 — Jake Arslanian, WR

2010 — Will Bangerter LB

2009 — Kaden Hosner, DB

2008 — Kevin Moss, OL

2008 — Adam Bangerter, LB

2008 — Justin Ence, DB

2007 — Nick Marinko, QB

2007 — Robert Evans, WR

2007 — Riley Dias, Specialist

To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.

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